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Panthers Going Back to Miami: Cats to Practice in Dade County for First Time since Leaving Miami Arena in 1998

MiamiarenafinalsWhen the Panthers packed up and left Miami Arena to the Heat in 1998 for new digs up in a sleepy burgh called 'Sunrise,' who would have thought it would take them this long to go back?

On Saturday, the Panthers will skate on Dade County ice for the first time since losing 7-3 to the Flyers on April 16, 1998.

SunriseHow long ago was that? The Panthers leading scorers in 1997-98 were Ray Whitney, Dave Gagner and Robert Svehla. John Vanbiesbrouck appeared in 60 games that season.

It's all going down at Kendall Ice Arena.

The players have been told to be there by 11 a.m. tomorrow so practice should begin before the scheduled noon starting time. 

The practice at the 'southernmost' rink in the U.S. is free and open to the public. 

If you are going, I would get there early. 


Earlier this season, the team was mobbed by a large crowd in Pembroke Pines. 

It's good to see the Panthers spreading the hockey around South Florida. Last year, they returned to their old rink in Lighthouse Point. This year, they're practicing in Pembroke Pines and Kendall. 

Next year, it appears that they will hold at least one practice in Lake Worth.

The more, the merrier.